Psalms 48:9
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9  The likes of what we heard we have now witnessed in the city of the lord of hosts, in the city of our God— may Hashem preserve it forever! Selah.

ka-a-SHER sha-MA-nu KAYN ra-EE-nu b’-EER a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT b’-EER e-lo-HAY-nu e-lo-HEEM y’-kho-n’-NE-ha ad o-LAM SE-lah

ט  כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁמַעְנוּ כֵּן רָאִינוּ בְּעִיר־יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֱלֹהִים יְכוֹנְנֶהָ עַד־עוֹלָם סֶלָה׃

 48:9   May Hashem preserve it forever

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (b. 1948)

In the times of the Beit Hamikdash, a special psalm was sung by the Leviim on each of the seven days of the week. In the absence of the Beit Hamikdash, Jews continue to say these daily Tehillim at the end of the morning prayers, in memory of the times when the Temple stood and in hopes of its redemption and restoration. Psalm 48 is recited on Mondays, and, as Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes, is “a hymn of praise to the beauty and endurance of Yerushalayim, the city that outlived all those who sought to conquer it.” He adds in the name of Rabbi Joseph Hertz, “it is the Eternal City of the Eternal People.”

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  • 48:9 God establish it forever
    As said, in those days of the Temple, there were a song to be sung on each of the seven days. Even on those same days when the Temple no longer there, those same songs were still song in remembrance . The Jewish people still say these same psalms after mourning prayers every day. In the memory of when the Temple was there in the hopes of the rebuilding and Glorification of the Third Holy Temple Psalm 48 is said on Mondays to praise the endurance and the beauty of Jerusalem. The great city that has outlived all it's conquers and destroyers. Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz, “it is the Eternal City of the Eternal People.” A very true and most powerful statement of faith. Jerusalem. will live on forever in the life and dreams of the Jewish peoples. For it is written in the Book of God's Living Word. Carl


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